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Bradley Wigging Memorial Rodeo


2012/06/06





Circle Cross Rodeo hosted the 2012 Bradley Wiggins Memorial Rodeo on May 19, 2012 at the USA Stadium Rodeo Arena in Millington TN. This rodeo honored the late Bradley Wiggins, a very popular bull rider who was tragically killed in an auto accident in November 2011. Bradley’s popularity was made quite apparent in a ceremony held before the competition began. Calling themselves “Friends of Bradley,” family and friends formed a line that stretched all the way across the arena. Included in that line were his mother Kinberly, father Terry, his widow Sara, and Bradley’s precocious two-year-old Daughter Charli Cheyenne, mounted on her pony Jet.  Charli and just competed (led in hand) in the barrel race that evening.

Bradley started competing in bull riding at age 14. He was the 2002 Mid-South Little Britches Bull Riding Champion and the 2004 Champion Bull Rider in Tennessee High School Rodeo. He was a member of the University of Tennessee Rodeo Team. He traveled throughout the United States competing in Rodeo. He was the owner of a heating and air conditioning business, a devout Christian, and family man.

Action at the Circle Cross Rodeo got off to an early start, prior to the competition, when a bull broke out and ran into the crowd that was milling behind the chutes. People scattered, clambered to climb the fence, and concerned mothers looked quickly for their children. One cowgirl on a startled horse had an involuntary dismount. Everyone had a good self-deprecating laugh, however, as the bull ran to a nearby baseball field, where the hazers diverted him back to the pens. 

Rodeo Clown Michael Feathers kept the filled bleachers entertained with good humor and, along with bull fighters Josh Lepard and Cory Durham, help keep the cowboys safe. He did have to spend some time in the barrel at one point, when there were three loose bulls in the arena at the same time.

The Rodeo was well-attended with 19 bull riders, 4 bareback riders, 44 barrel racers, 45 team ropers, and 19 calf ropers.

Circle Cross Rodeo “Rodeo… With A Purpose” is a ministry of Circle Cross Cowboy Church. For more information, visit: www.circlecrossrodeo.com  or call Pastor Stan McCall, 901-848-4959.

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